Our Leadership Team

A company that cares

We’re ambitious, and continue to grow our business; but despite our stature, we remain a family business at heart

Tom Wakeford

Managing Director

MEng (Hons), CEng, MICE, MBA

Tom has led the growth and development of the construction business to be one of the leading regional contractors. Tom manages all the construction regions to challenge, enhance and improve every element of how we operate.

Tom uses his excellent communication skills to develop exceptional teams across the business working for clients who seek contractors as their partners. He is passionate about the continued development of the service we provide for our clients, particularly through our first class Stepnell employees.

01788 712632

Peter Wakeford


Peter is the Senior Director, having joined the Board in 1969, as a third generation member of the founding family of the Company.

Peter continues to oversee the property development and investment activities of the business, with which he has been principally involved throughout his term.

Edward Wakeford

Property Director

Edward manages the Stepnell Property Services Team and is responsible for leading their performance in the management of Commercial and Residential Property Portfolios and the Tenants. This consists of properties that are directly owned by the Stepnell Group or through our role as managing agents for external clients. Our in-house team comprises Commercial and Residential Surveyors, Building Surveyors and a Maintenance Team. The team has grown in recent years to be able to bring forward new-build development opportunities as well as to deliver extensive refurbishment of existing properties through our in-house resources.

Edward believes in building strong relationships with Tenants, to understand their aspirations and to ensure that the buildings continue to meet their changing requirements.

Robert Speirs


ICIOB, Bsc (Hons) Construction Management

Robert is a board director and the director responsible for leading Stepnell’s Southern operations, managing teams at Wantage, Bristol, Poole and Southampton.

Building upon Stepnell’s reputation for delivering high calibre buildings and exceptional client service, Robert has steered the business through an exciting period of growth in the south, securing a series of significant and high profile developments and overseeing their successful completion.

Robert was instrumental in the introduction of ‘teamship’ into the business through his passion for Rugby and the management techniques of Sir Clive Woodward.

02382 351900

Tom Sewell



Tom is responsible for leading and expanding our East Midlands construction operations from our office in Nottingham. Tom is also our Director of Health & Safety, he leads our SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment & Quality) team which brings together Health & Safety, Sustainability and Environment and our Systems teams.

With over 25 years’ experience in the East Midlands construction industry, Tom brings a wealth of technical and local knowledge to the region. He has a passion for developing strong relationships and helping clients maximise the whole life value of their investment.

01156 979200

Adrian Barnes


Bsc (Hons) Construction Engineering and Management

Adrian is the Director responsible for leading and expanding our Midlands construction operations from our office in Rugby, operating throughout the Midlands and the M1 corridor regions.

Adrian has over 30 years’ industry experience with McLaren Construction, Morgan Sindall and Balfour Beatty. He leads his team by example, encouraging innovative thinking and value creation for our clients, and has a passion for delivering the highest standards of customer service and project delivery in a collaborative environment.



John Green

Commercial Director

BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying, MRICS

John is a driven construction professional with a proven track record in leading commercial teams and supporting the effective management of project and strategic issues. John oversees the commercial function and works closely with our regional teams to encourage continual improvement and efficiency.

John is committed to creating and developing teams through open communication and knowledge sharing between all disciplines and has a passion for supporting Stepnell employees to realise their potential. John is a practised advocate of listening to varying points of view to collectively overcome challenges and realise opportunities, and to do so with a smile!

Lorraine Hillsdon

Head of People & Culture

Assoc CIPD

Lorraine joined Stepnell in 2018 as Head of People & Culture following a 20 year career in Human Resources and Training. Lorraine initially began her career in Training and Development, working in a number of roles, when she then moved into Human Resources and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management.

Lorraine along with Rob Speirs were instrumental in creating and implementing Teamship at Stepnell. Lorraine is committed to creating, developing and supporting high performing teams through Teamship.

She also promotes an ‘open door’ policy and encourages colleagues to talk to her if they need help resolving issues or if they want to share best practice.

Peter Commins

Non Executive Director

Peter is a highly regarded construction industry Director with a lifetime of leading complex construction projects.

Peter provides great support and challenge to the Stepnell Board through his expertise and experience.

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